Concord Police Department Settles Sex Bias Lawsuit

Sex bias is a growing form of discrimination in the workplace. It unfairly places a worker in a hostile work environment that can affect their productivity and their emotional well-being. An employer is required to comply with all federal, state and local statutes that prohibit sex bias. Guilty parties can be subject to fines, penalties, sanctions and mandatory training.

Concord Police Department, CA — Sex Bias Lawsuit Settlement

As the highest-ranking female office in the Concord Police Department, Lt. Robin Heinemann has recently been awarded a $150K settlement for her sex bias case. Heinemann has been a department veteran for 22 years. She claimed to be subjected to harassment and discrimination due to her gender. The plaintiff complained of hostility and disparate treatment. Because of the unlawful conduct, the City of Concord is now required to pay for the settlement. Heinemann has been re-instated to active duty. A related worker’s compensation claim will also be paid by the city for an undisclosed amount.

Sex Bias in the State of California

The State of California strictly prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee because of their gender. Sex bias can lead to unwanted touching, derogatory comments, harassment and a hostile work environment, just to name a few. The FEHA names several protected classes within its framework, which includes gender and sexual orientation.

If your employer is condoning illegal behavior in your workplace, then you should speak with Shegerian & Associates. You can end unfair treatment with qualified legal help. Contact them now!